MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Tel Aviv (Nov. 17/20). With a formal ceremony at the residence of Colombia and the assistance of the defense, air and military attachés accredited in Israel, representatives of the Israeli government and other guests, the Embassy celebrated the 101 years of the Colombian Air Force, completed on November 8 .
The words of Ambassador Margarita Manjarrez recalled that, in 1919, the Air Force was born when the world was recovering from troubled times: “Colombia understood the strategic importance of aviation and from its early stages we conceived international cooperation as one of our pillars of Air Force. In the beginning, countries such as France and Germany cooperated with Colombia in the consolidation of the sector, both in the military and civil fields, and the development of aviation was understood as the most efficient way to connect the country. During the last decades, the Colombian Air Force has faced important challenges that consolidated it, today it serves as a model and shares its knowledge and expertise with the world. In the case of Israel, we maintain important mutually beneficial exchanges on training, acquisition and technology development issues. In recent years, the Colombian Air Force has strengthened its remote flight capabilities, as well as its projection into space and cyberspace. In addition, our first satellite was launched and the second will be launched soon. As an ambassador of Colombia and as a citizen, I express my most sincere appreciation for the achievements of our Air Force that fulfills its constitutional mission and also permanently helps our population, especially those who reside in places of difficult access in our country. communities and acts in the face of natural disasters, evacuating people in danger and connecting our remote regions. “
For his part, Colonel Alexander Celis Herrera, Colombian Air Attaché, highlighted that the heart of the evolution of this Corps “resides in professional men and women, with great experience, knowledge and specialization, but mainly with a vocation for service, proud to wear this blue uniform, in love with their Strength and passionate about what they do. Thanks to its people, the Air Force has demonstrated its unquestionable operational forcefulness, being consistent with its essence of legitimacy, transparency and integrity, because without them, there is no real possible success in any Institution. What is coming is to continue building on what has been built, aiming higher and higher and looking for more distant horizons, keeping the focus on the mission, seeking effectiveness, prioritizing spending, building more strategic alliances with friendly countries and planning the future with a vision of long term, through prospective projects such as the Strategy for Air and Space Development 2042 “
The event concluded with the delivery to the Embassy of the book of the 100 years of the Force and the commemorative coins to the attendees. Happy anniversary to the Colombian Air Force, a Force that represents us all!
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